News Release (Draft

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Department of Labor and Employment
30 October 2014

Towards Child Labor Free Philippines,
National Children’s Month ends on a high note

"Much has been done in the area of child labor prevention and elimination, but much
is still expected from us. Admittedly, poverty will always be seen as the culprit that
pushes children to work. Helping those who do not have the means is the
transformative action called upon by the inclusive growth framework.”

This is the message of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz, at the close of the National Children’s Month, rallying a call on stakeholders
“to continue partnering with the DOLE and other government agencies in ensuring
that child laborers and their families will be transformed and reintegrated into their
communities with a sense of self-worth, empowerment, and dreams.”

The month-long celebration, spearheaded by the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with
Special Concerns (BWSC) and the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC),
concluded with the Children’s Arts Festival held at the Skydome, SM City North Edsa
on 29 October, where close to hundred children and child welfare advocates from
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission for
Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Proteksyunan! Child Labor. 2nd Place – Ryan P. The second category winners. and 3rd Place – Dany Cris M. Quezon City. Recto High School. Claro M. 12 years old. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. Bagong Silangan Elementary School. and ventriloquist stint from Ony Carcamo.Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). have also been awarded. Children’s Group. and San Juan National High School attended.” amplifies the importance of social protection in attaining sustainable and inclusive growth.Dandreb E. Winners for the On-the-Spot Painting Contest. “Batang Malaya. storytelling from Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. 11 years old. This year’s theme. Catandaan Yabut National High School. are: 1st Place – Allen C. Batiancila. Dasmariñas North High School. children were indulged in a festive treat with performances from Rondalla on Wheels and Igal-Igal Badjao Dance. 16 years old.(PCCI). . Enerlan. De Torres. Occupational Safety and Hazard Center in Agham Road.14 years old. Hizon. Dasmariñas North High School. For the first category with contestants ages 13 and below. Angelitud. At the event. 15 years old. 13 years old. Derecho. ages 14 to 17. Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc. held last 18 October at the Ichikawa Auditorium. and 3rd Place – Kianne Marie P. 2nd Place – Thrish Anne M. Labanan!. Children’s Group. the winners are: 1st Place .

salapi. “While this may be a good news for us.S. Substantiating this. Napakalaki na rin po ng ating ipinuhunang lakas. we cannot be complacent. and the Child Labor Knowledge Sharing System (CLKSS) website.Winners for the Public Service Announcement were also recognized at the event. and 3rd Place – “Malaya Nga Ba?” by Dominique Osal. she cited the favorable results of the Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor by the U. Department of Labor to which the Philippines reached the “significant advancement” status along with other 12 countries in the Asia Pacific. Chinina Perez. There is no other way but up. at panahon sa ating antichild labor campaign. “Napakatagal na pong panahon na tayo ay nakikipagbaka laban sa child labor.” Baldoz said. The DOLE’s BWSC is also brewing up .” Baldoz said. Facebook Page. 2nd Place – “Kawikaan 22:6” by Euniz Johanne Garcia. We must further intensify this anti-child campaign -. Kaya po maipagkakapuri natin na nagtatagumpay po tayo sa ating laban kung ito ang ating magiging batayan. and Armida Reyes.to speak the unspeakable and show the nation that which it refuses to see. to wit: 1st Place – “Sa Likod ng Ngiti” by Jasmin Monroy. “Pangalawang taon na po ito na „significant achievement‟ ang rating ng Pilipinas sa nasabing US DOL Findings.” The winning entries of this year’s contests can be viewed and accessed at the Batang Malaya Youtube Channel.

END/hjtg .. SM Cares Foundation. Globe Telecom. The line of activities in the National Children’s Month. along with the Children’s Arts Festival. Canon Philippines. and Jollibee Foods Corporation.agreements with private sector and local government units for exhibiting the entries on billboards and public vidiwalls. is made possible in partnership with SM Skydome. Inc. Bank of the Philippine Islands.

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